Bobby Deol Performs Billionaire Father In Law Devendra Ahuja's Last Rites; Son Vikram Ahuja Kept Out at Funeral


Death didn't alter the bitterness. The sudden demise of Devendra Ahuja, top banker of Centurion Bank, has heightened the rift in the Ahuja family, as son in law Bobby Deol performed the last rites at Chandanwadi crematorium, even as scion Vikram Ahuja was allegedly kept out of the cremation and wasn't allowed to perform the last rites. Allegedly, this was completely in accordance with Devendra Ahuja's will.

Devendra Ahuja (or Dev Ahuja) and Son Vikram

Reportedly, the 14 year old battle between father and son escalated after Vikram accused his 74 year old father who'd moved out of the family house to stay with his mistress, 20 years his junior, of being biased towards Bobby Deol and his spouse Tania.

Deol flew in from Toronto where he was filming for Anees Bazmee's 'Thank You' for the cremation of Ahuja's body.

And although close sources state that Tania did hug her brother Vikram even as they broke down, he was reportedly not allowed to perform the last rites.

At stake is a Rs.300 crore property with a number of claimants in line: Ahuja's 35 year old son Vikram; daughter Tania and husband Deol; daughter Munisha; his estranged wife Marlene and his mistress.

States a close source, "Vikram was not told of his father's cardiac arrest and death, until about 45 minutes after it took place."

Adds the insider, "When he rushed to the hospital, all the formalities had been completed and the body had been taken to the morgue, where it was kept until Bobby Deol returned from his shoot in Toronto."

The family feud goes back 15 years when Dev Ahuja, 74, got involved with an air-hostess 20 years his junior. The alliance did not go down well with the family.

For the first five years, it led to bitter fights between the husband and wife and eventually led to Ahuja moving out of the family's plush 5,000 square feet Maker Tower apartment at Cuffe Parade to a 20th-floor apartment at NCPA building, Nariman Point.This was 1996, the year Tania married Bobby Deol.

In the following years, there was a flurry of complaints, cross complaints and court cases. But the main sore point has been Devendra Ahuja’s alleged attempt to deny Vikram any share in the family wealth and favour Tania. Ahuja, in fact, disowned his only son through a public notice in newspapers in June this year 2010.

The notice also said that the Maker Towers apartment belonged to Ahuja and his estranged wife and that Vikram had no ownership right to it.

Also, recently Tania’s nameplate appeared above that of her father’s at the family’s NCPA building property.

Ahuja’s public proclamation disowning his son came just days after Vikram, in a petition filed at the Ballard Pier Metropolitan Court, accused his father of illegally transferring 1,50,000 of his shares in Greenstone Investments — the parent company of Twentieth Century Finance and Consultancy Services — to his own.

In the petition, Vikram claimed 3,58,844 shares in Greenstone Investments - the parent company of Twentieth Century Finance and Consultancy Services (TCFCS), a listed subsidiary of the company. He is also member of Devendra Ahuja HUF (Hindu United Family), which holds another 2,81,074 shares in the company.

He alleges that the company, at the behest of his father, illegally transferred 1,50,000 of his shares and all of Devendra Ahuja HUF’s shares in his name.

Vikram also alleges in the petition that his father visited his house on May 18 threatening to cut him into pieces if he took any action on the share transfer issue.

When the media contacted him, Vikram had then stated, “Anybody who knows our family knows that my father is biased towards my sister Tania and her husband Bobby. While that may be his choice, I at least have the right to fight for what is rightfully mine. I had no choice but to move court.”

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